Our organization was founded in 1997 in the rural villages near the city of Chiang Khong, Thailand. The co-directors, P’Pan and P’Got, have worked passionately for years to educate and offer counselling to members of their community who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
After experiencing a great deal of discrimination from both health care providers and members of the community after her late husband was diagnosed with AIDS, and after she was diagnosed with HIV, P’Pan felt compelled to help others in similar situations. On a similar situation, P’Got was mistakenly diagnosed with HIV and lived for years with the weight and discrimination of this false diagnosis. Together, they strive to end the stigma attached to those living with HIV/AIDS, and work hard to prevent the spread of HIV, STDs and unwanted pregnancy through educating community members of all ages.
The foundation offers many services to their community. They provide free condoms & STI information to the community and local schools. They signpost people to HIV testing centres. They also do a great deal of educating members of their community about safe sex and how to prevent HIV, STDs and unplanned pregnancy. P’Pan and P’Got also train and inform youth leaders, local leaders and other influential local people about sexual health.
They currently work within the Chiang Khong region and offer a safe place and impartial counselling for those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS or other STDS, unplanned pregnancy, domestic violence, and human trafficking.
They work closely with an organisation in Chiang Khong called Centre for Girls, who also offer a safe space for women who have been victims of human trafficking or domestic violence. They also work closely with Boonchua, a local charity who provide transport & first aid to those who cannot get to the local hospital.
We also provide financial, educational (workshops, information and seminars) and emotional support to whoever needs it.
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You will live in a traditional rural Thai village with foundation directors P.Pan and P.Got.
You will have first hand experience of Thai culture, food and religion.
You will gain insight on what it's like to run a grassroots nonprofit organisation, see all of the advantages & difficulties in running a small NGO,
You will be embraced into Thai culture. The village will really welcome you, you will have experiences that you would never have encountered in the western world and so many amazing memories.
Want to make a difference?
Although our staff’s level of English is very basic, we always welcome caring individuals who could contribute to our work! Some of our ongoing needs are:
• Help spread our message via social media and keep a strong online presence.
• Grant writing to keep our organisation running.
• Blog posts for our website.
• Translation and English teaching to members of the community and P’Pan & P’Got
• Supporting the other volunteers at Centre for Girls & Boonchua
• Involvement in the HIV/AIDS training workshops and sexual education projects in the community.
• Promoting the JustGiving page & raising funds.
• Photography and film producing.
We would love to hear from you, if you think you have any skills or talents that would be a valuable addition to our team. P’Pan & P’Got are not always on hand and won’t always give you specific instructions. You must be self-motivated and innovative to be involved in this charity.
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You will live with other volunteers in a two story, two bedroom Thai-style wooden home. You will have a private room, with a mosquito net and fan, a shared kitchen and bathroom.
You will be able to use the kitchen any time. Delicious, traditional Thai meals will be prepared for you by your hosts. P’Pan & P’Got live two minutes down the road and you will have your meals either with the community, at their home or with their relations.
Please note as this is a rural area, the facilities are very basic and to get around independently you will need to ride a scooter or a push bike. P’Pan and P’Got do have these, along with a car, so just ask if you need a lift or want to borrow them.
We do have running water, fridge freezer, one cold shower, washing machine, electricity and a great internet connection.
You will be living in a rural village 40 minutes from the city of Chiang Khong in the Chiang Rai province.
You can visit Chiang Khong by bus, leaving Huai So every hour. It will take you about an hour to reach Chiang Khong on bus.
The beautiful Mekong River runs along Chiang Khong. Chiang Khong is a quiet Thai city that is perfect for biking along the Mekong and finding hidden treasures such as temples, waterfalls, traditional villages, and lovely rice fields. Don't miss the chance to visit the local markets and eat the fresh and delicious regional food!
As we are very close to the friendship bridge, you can easily cross into Laos for a visit on your time off or spend the day in the Golden Triangle, which is the border connecting Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.
Chiang Rai is a two ½ hour bus ride away and it offers beautiful sites.
You can visit the many stunning temples such as the famous White Temple and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Spend hours roaming around the Saturday night walking street or visit the nightly night bazaar. Chiang Rai is also home to two of the best waterfalls in northern Thailand: Tad Kwan and Khun Korn.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
About 4 hours a day, 5 days a week